Saturday Merkin and I went to Louisville for a jug band festival: the National Jug Band Jubilee. The slogan is "Bringing America's happiest music back to its old Kentucky home" because jug band music started in Louisville. We started the day by going to the Louisville Cemetery (a historic African American cemetery) to see the grave of Earl McDonald, one of the greatest jug band blowers and leaders. On his grave stone they have a picture of a man blowing a jug. While we were there we also went to the unmarked grave of Sara Martin and the grave of Sylvester Weaver. Sylvester Weaver was the first blues guitarist to be recorded. Sara Martin, one of the most popular blues singers of her day, recorded with both McDonald and Weaver. For everybody who's interested in the Kentucky Derby, an unexpected find for us was the grave of the African-American jockey William Walker. Born into slavery, "Billy" rode in the Kentucky Derby four times . . . winning in 1877 on Baden-Baden.
The newly marked gravesite of Earl McDonald . . . one of the pioneers of jug band music.
Dudeboy at the unmarked grave of the great classic blues singer Sara Martin.
Dudeboy said he was posed with four Stones (one of them being the headstone of Sylvester Weaver), otherwise known as Adonis Gorr and his progeny Thing 1 and Thing 2.
Front and center.